Eight of the nine candidates for Kern County Supervisor have accepted the voluntary campaign expenditure limits delineated under the Measure K-authorized county ordinance for the Nov. 6 general election, Auditor-Controller-County Clerk Mary B. Bedard announced Wednesday.
Voters’ choice for U.S. Senate is between two Democratic candidates – incumbent Sen. Dianne Feinstein and state Sen. Kevin de Leon. It is a one-party choice resulting from California’s top-two primary system.
Four of the seven members of the Bakersfield City Council are pressing their cases for re-election this fall and only one of them is a shoo-in.
The sparks are flying in the race for the newly reconfigured 4th District, but David Couch isn't the only Kern County supervisor facing a noteworthy challenge.
In almost any other year, in almost any other circumstance, The Californian would urge voters to re-elect Kern County Supervisor David Couch to the 4th District he has capably served for six years.
The race for the 4th District seat of the Kern County Board of Supervisors has the potential to shake up the political dynamics of county government.
Ideally, school boards that oversee districts with demographically diverse student populations are themselves diverse. They’re comprised of trustees with an understanding of and a heart for both well-to-do and paycheck-to-paycheck families, college bound and college averse students, boys and…
Jenifer Pitcher, candidate for the Kern High School District Board of Trustees for Area 4, has been endorsed by retired Congressman Bill Thomas.
Two local businessmen are complaining that contributions they made to a local political action committee funded an attack ad against Kern County District 4 Supervisor David Couch without their knowledge.
When it comes to education, parents shouldn't be the only ones who want the best for students. All Kern County residents should care about our schools, whether children are in their future, their past or not at all. Children turn into adults who are either equipped for productive lives or ar…
Former state Assemblywoman Shannon Grove is the heavy favorite in the race for the state's 16th Senate District seat, with name recognition and legislative experience that could help her coast to victory.
Faced with increasing demands for public safety services and a shortage of staff to provide those services, Bakersfield city and Kern County officials have turned to voters for help.
One seeks to cut taxes on consumers and overhaul state regulations. The other wants to raise taxes on wealthy corporations and make sure Kern County gets its fair share of the revenues.
A question often arises in Central Valley politics: How can a legislator effectively represent the interests of a rural area when Sacramento continues to be dominated by big-city politicians?
How poor a fit for the office of California governor is John Cox? So poor, The Californian — fully cognizant of Kern County's preponderance of conservative voters — endorses Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom, a deep-blue Democrat whose vision for the state is not one we uniformly applaud.
If voter registration statistics mean anything, California is becoming more Democratic, with the Republican Party falling to third-place status behind "no party preference," the official designation for independent voters. Pre-June primary registration figures showed Democrats with 44.4 perc…
There’s a little something to interest, or concern, just about everyone on the November ballot of statewide propositions — initiatives affecting the homeless, mentally ill, seniors, dialysis patients, animal lovers, you name it.
Jenifer Pitcher, candidate for the Kern High School District Board of Trustees' Area 4 seat, has been endorsed by Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood.
The Panama-Buena Vista Union School District is seeking approval of a $90 million measure to help fund the construction of three new schools, additional classroom buildings, modernizations, safety upgrades and more.
The two local sales tax initiatives that will appear on the ballot this November are essentially the same, but they will impact completely different portions of the county.
What's the fastest way for a Kern County Sheriff's deputy to get a raise these days? Answer: Get hired by the Bakersfield Police Department.
Former Kern County Supervisor and state senator Michael Rubio has landed on Capitol Weekly’s Top 100 list, an annual look at Californians who have an outsized influence on state politics or policy but do not hold office.
Congressman David Valadao is criticizing a civil rights organization that sent a group of protesters to his Hanford home Wednesday morning with his wife and three children inside. Valadao wasn't home at the time.
Kern County voters now have a clear picture of who they can pick to represent them on a range of local government boards on Nov. 6.
Ward 1 City Councilman Willie Rivera will have some company on the November ballot, as will at least one of his council colleagues.
Dolores Huerta has endorsed Delano Mayor Grace Vallejo in her bid to become the Kern County Supervisor for the 4th District, Vallejo announced Thursday.
Frustration abounded locally after Wednesday's failure of another immigration bill in the U.S. House of Representatives — but so, too, did hopeful calls for substitute legislation addressing the needs of Kern individuals and businesses.
The attached PDFs appeared in Wednesday's Californian; the election results listed were as of 10 p.m. Tuesday. See Thursday's Californian for an updated listing of state and local races.
Supervising Deputy District Attorney Cynthia Zimmer took an early lead Tuesday in the race to become Kern County top prosecutor — and she held that lead past midnight.
Flanked by top leaders from the Latino community, Delano Mayor Grace Vallejo emphasized the importance of unity among supporters before formally announcing she would challenge David Couch for Kern County’s newly drawn District Four supervisor area.
Republican state Sen. Andy Vidak has held the Latino-heavy Democratic 14th District since he won it in a special election in 2013.